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Lawrenceville Resident Tapped for Mayor’s Advisory Council

Lina Dostilio, director of Academic Community Engagement, will represent Pittsburgh’s college and university community on the City of Pittsburgh’s Service Advisory Council.

The council includes a cross section of city leaders who are recognized for their commitment to civic engagement and volunteerism. It consists of 11 members from various sectors: city government, nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, faith-based, universities and public schools. As the sole higher education representative, Dostilio’s role is to seek ways that colleges and universities can become full partners in the mayor’s service initiative, helping to develop a citywide service plan to address local challenges.

“I’m eager to contribute to a cross-sector collaboration that I hope will move the needle on some of Pittsburgh’s pressing issues,” Dostilio said. “I believe the strength of this group lies in its ability to amplify existing service efforts by connecting them with the talents of Pittsburgh’s citizens.

“I am continually inspired by Duquesne’s students, faculty and staff who are exceedingly committed to Pittsburgh’s prosperity,” she said. “As a result, I am excited to play a role in making it known how our higher education community’s long-standing commitment to serving Pittsburgh can be a model for other collaborative service efforts.”

Pittsburgh’s new service initiative is supported by a $200,000, two-year Cities of Service Leadership Grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Pittsburgh is one of 20 member cities nationwide that received the prestigious award in 2010 to “accelerate the service movement at the most local level, connecting local needs to willing volunteers in innovative and impactful ways.”

The council will meet monthly to advise Rebecca Kottler-Wein, Pittsburgh’s first Chief Service Officer, as she develops the city’s service plan and its implementation over the following two years. In Pittsburgh, the areas of identified need include neighborhood development, academic success of youth and addressing cross-cutting challenges such as building capacity to manage volunteers and to identify volunteer opportunities.

Dostilio resides in Lawrenceville.

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